Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Woodside Elementary goes tie-dye

Students gear up for song-and-dance presentation

Express Staff Writer

Second-grade students at Woodside Elementary School in Hailey create tie-dyed shirts for their upcoming spring recital. The focus is on Earth Day and how music, song, dance and art can communicate powerful messages. Photo by Willy Cook

Teachers and students are gearing up to show the Wood River Valley the power of music and the impact of—tie-dye?

"We were looking to do something different this year and we thought, tie-dye," said Dorinda Rendahl, music teacher at Woodside Elementary School in Hailey.

"The songs and the painting really do go together," said art teacher Joani Cashman.

The shows are part of the school's spring recital and will be geared around the themes of Earth Day.

The school will offer two performances later this month. Both are open to the public.

The first show will feature first-, second- and third-graders 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, and the second will feature fourth- and fifth-graders 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26.

The shows will be the culmination of hard work on behalf of the music, art, dance and technology departments, Rendahl said.

Each grade was given the opportunity to create their own outfits with specific tie-dye colors for each class.

"I really like the songs and the paintings," second-grader Alma Ceja said. The second grade worked with blue and yellow to create the three-toned tie-dyed shirts. For all who may have forgotten, mixing blue and yellow together makes green.

The painting may have been fun, but Danica Muniz is all about the, "singing and the dancing." In particular, Muniz looks forward to her classe's rendition of "Penny Whistle."

The theme for the shows will be "the power of music and how it really is everywhere and is such a powerful form of communication," Rendahl said. "Our programs really are amazing."

Tie-dye may have been a way for the faculty to ensure the performances stood out. For the kids, however, it was cause for concern.

"They were worried about being hippies," Cashman said. "I asked them if they played video games and they answered 'yes.' I ensured them there is no way they can be a hippies then."

All in all, "they are so psyched," Cashman said of the upcoming performances.

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